LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Being aware of your surroundings is the first step to avoiding becoming a victim of a crime.
LVMPD is now working with women across the valley to offer tips to create a safety plan and the classes are free.
Hannah McCready is a Crime Prevention Specialist at the Spring Valley Area Command. She’s already taught three classes in a month.
She said self-defense isn’t always about physical contact, it starts before that.
“Be a good witness to what is going on around you. Be a good witness to who is coming up close to you,” she said.
McCready shows a video as part of the training. It shows a woman screaming to avoid becoming victimized. It worked.
McCready said, “Scream as loud as you can. Don’t allow yourself to be taken to a secondary location.”
She also suggests keeping your hands free and always paying attention.
Susan Norris came to the seminar with a friend. She said, “I’ve been wanting to take a class like this.”
Norris already puts some of McCready’s good practices into play.
“I usually have my hand on my keys so panic button, that type of thing,” Norris said.
The class also focuses on what to do if you do become a victim because McCready said one in four women will be victimized by an intimate partner.
If you’re interested in one of the departments free classes, contact your local area command.